Once up a time, a young girl with Crohn’s went to live in Japan. Lucky for her, the local doctor was fluent in English and, as serendipity would have it, he also specialised in internal medicine. Dr Hayashi turned out to be, not only a great doctor, but also a real friend. He, and his … More There are times to ‘sit’ on life’s bench
calmingcrohns.com was set up to remind anyone interested, that our day to day lives, our health and our thoughts are what we make them. … More “Seize the day” to live in the present moment
On a recent sojourn in ‘Tuscany, Italy a wonderful book found me: Papale Papale by Florentine chef Fabio Picchi…”Thoughts and recipes to nourish your soul.” As I wandered around the Marcato Centrale, or Mercato di San Lorenzo in Florence, three floors of foodie heaven from sublime local Tuscan produce to a food hall where you … More Nourish your soul through your body and mind
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” I was taught the lesson of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words by five year olds at kindergarten in Japan. After overcoming the hysteria of the looks of their manga character English teacher, the inquisitive kindergarten class would question me: “Jennie chan…….what’s your dream?” The first … More Never let the stars out of your sight #daydream believe
Sometimes, when you open your door to experiences you didn’t invite in, you might be pleasantly surprised I recently experienced, what anyone would consider, to be pretty unpleasant, I fell and hit the back of head hard on a stone floor. When I came round, and in the immediate aftermath, I was focussed on how unpleasant … More An accidental ‘reframe’ of life
The 3 Wise Monkeys and Gandhi Rumour has it that Mahatma Gandhi made the exception to his rule of non -possessions by having a statue of the 3 Monkeys at his home in India. I have the opposite problem…. I have far too many possessions so I had absolutely no problem sweeping up this bronze cast … More The Three Wise Monkeys of Marrakech
Source: Could Twitter actually be making me more mindful?
Social media has taken a bit of a bashing recently, with articles suggesting that it can cause addiction, unhappiness and envy, amongst other negative emotions. I for one have never taken to it…that was until I set up my calmingcrohns.com blog and a mindfulness twitter feed at the end of last year. Immediately hooked, I’ve not looked … More Could Twitter actually be making me more mindful?
Ask yourself what role F.E.A.R plays in your life? We all, at some point in our lives, perhaps even daily, experience FEAR. London yoga and meditation teacher, David Lefebvre Sell introduced last week’s yoga class in Canary Wharf with an invitation to consider whether FEAR played a part in our yoga practice or, in our lives for that matter. … More Shun the ‘F word’ – feel the F.E.A.R and do it anyway
Roses are red, violets are blue – romance is wonderful and so are you As Valentine’s Day draws to a close and you are busy smelling the roses and devouring another of those little heart shaped chocolates in red foil, know that, whilst it is wonderful to have received love tokens from another, you don’t need … More Remember to love yourself every day